The Associate Project Manager is responsible for providing senior administrative support and supporting or leading projects of low risk/complexity* under the guidance of a more experienced Project Manager or their leader to ensure that projects are defined, planned and delivered. The Associate Project Manager is accountable to the Project Sponsor for the delivery of business outcomes and value as set out in the project charter that outlines agreed upon project scope, cost, schedule, quality, risk and required resources. This role applies either their foundational project management education to small projects under guidance, or their combination of progressive education and experience to learn project management standards, tools, processes and practices, with the desire to operate independently on assignments. The Associate Project Manager provides reporting and analysis support to larger initiatives, including business unit and portfolio and program financial/resource roll-up and performance reporting. The role also provides support and maintenance of enterprise Project Management tools and creates and delivers training and documentation. This role also operates as a senior role to Project Analysts, and is expected to provide oversight, mentorship and guidance into project administration.
Manages the project management lifecycle of small initiatives or under the guidance of a senior Project Manager/leader
Works with a Project Manager to ensure deliverables and expected outcomes align with the Business Case
Ensures timely setup and management of project plans, resources and reporting using methodologies or tailoring to meet delivery needs
Ensures stakeholders are appropriately engaged and informed
Identifies, develops and maintains relationships with project stakeholders, ensuring they are appropriately engaged and informed
Develops project plans and schedules, applying appropriate estimation models, and manages performance against them
Develops resource planning and reports
Supports risk, decision and change management activities (identification and mitigation planning and reporting) and maintains project logs
Establish projects in the project management and financial reporting systems
Ongoing tool support and training for Project Managers and other resources (MS Office, MSPS or other PPM, JIRA/Confluence)
Ensures team conflict is managed either independently or through escalation
Maintains enterprise Project Management tools and creates and delivers relevant training documentation
Ensures that project team members have the skills, knowledge, tools and information necessary to meet project delivery goals
Leverages the strengths of individual team members promoting high individual and collective team performance and customizing assignments to fit individual strengths
Ensures the effective execution of smaller projects or initiatives to deliver a product that satisfies stakeholder expectations and achieves project success criteria Provides support to larger or more complex projects through financial, project and performance reporting to promote effective communication and decision making, which includes:
Entry and validation of project specific information for reporting, track project costs and ensure reconciliation in financial reporting systems
Communicates with stakeholders effectively (e.g. status reports, etc)
Tracks and monitors process, identifies variances, and distributes reports on a timely basis
Track, and suggest resolution to issues and conflicts, and escalate as required
Implements processes and procedures, including adherence to compliance and guiding project analysts through changes
Perform post implementation reviews
Takes accountability for own deliverables keeping in mind team goals and objectives
Trains and mentors Project Analysts and junior team members
Improves current practices and tools Contribute to knowledge base, culture of continuous improvement and collaboration
Supports organizational change and improvement, including supporting the implementation and adherence to changes in processes and practices
Qualifications and Competencies:
0-2 years with completed Project Management Education and relevant experience
2-5 years of combination of in-progress education and project experience
University or College education in Project Management, Business Administration or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience
Interest in or actively pursuing related Project Management accreditations (CAPM, PMP) is considered an asset.
Acquires new knowledge and skills, and applies creative thinking in assignments
Adaptable to changing assignments and product outcomes
Directs work of self through goal setting, time management, and planning
Has good organizational skills, with the ability to manage competing tasks, meeting deadlines as required
Identifies prioritization conflicts and works with more senior resources and leaders to resolve
Ensures accuracy and completeness of work to maximize quality and avoid re-work
Good conceptual and analytical skills
Self-motivated with good problem-solving skills
Demonstrates judgement before decision making and escalates appropriately
Seeks to understand business needs, and delivers high quality service to the business while understanding the organization’s vision, purpose and values
Demonstrates cooperation among peers and within the team
Communicates with stakeholders clearly and effectively
Leverages feedback to improve
Is passionate about project management, demonstrates inner self-starter, and is open to learning new ideas outside scope or knowledge
Canada Life is a leading insurance, wealth management and benefits provider focused on improving the financial, physical and mental well-being of Canadians. For more than 170 years, individuals, families and business owners across Canada have trusted us to provide sound guidance and deliver on the promises we’ve made.
As of January 1, 2020, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life became one company – Canada Life, and today, we proudly serve more than 13 million customer relationships from coast to coast to coast.
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Canada Life offers competitive compensation, great benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, wellness account and personal days not to mention onsite cafeteria and fitness in our head office facilities. If you’d like to join our team submit your information online and introduce yourself.
Canada Life serves the financial security needs of more than 13 million people across Canada, with additional operations in Europe and the United States. As members of the Power Financial Corporation group of companies, we’re one of Canada’s leading insurers with interests in life insurance, health insurance, investment and retirement savings. We offer a broad portfolio of financial and benefit plan solutions for individuals, families, businesses and organizations.
We are committed to providing an inclusive, accessible environment, where all employees and customers feel valued, respected and supported. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we live, and to creating an environment where every employee has the opportunity to reach their potential.
Canada Life would like to thank all applicants, however only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted